JR Prospect Antonio Kellogg

Every year an elite player emerges from a Memorial Day tournament in the west, and this year it's Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds' junior guard Antonio Kellogg. Kellogg showed this weekend that he's a high major prospect and possibly among the best guards in the west...

Every year at a tournament during Memorial Day in the west, there is one player that emerges as one of the west's elite playerst. It's happened for Chuck Hayes (Kentucky), Armando Surratt (Miami) and Ayinde Ubaka (California) in recent years. And this year is no exception.

At the Rumble in the Bay tourney in Los Altos, California, this last weekend, Antonio Kellogg, 6-1 JR PG, Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds, was the true elite revelation.

While you'd want to see Kellogg a few more times to go throwing around many superlatives, it was pretty obvious from his performance over a series of games in the Rumble that he is one of the elite guards on the west coast in the 2004 class. In fact, he very well could be ranked among the top two or so point guards in the west, and possibly #1, even though we're not even sure yet if we'd rank him among the point guards or the shooting guards.

Kellogg combines very good athleticism with great ballhandling skills and passing ability, to go along with a great, natural feel for the game. He does tend to have a little too much flash, but it's a good kind of flash – the kind that still comes from the right decision and commits very little mistakes. He has a very nice outside shot, one that he gets off quickly and accurately. At 6-1, well built and athletic, with explosion and burst, Kellogg is the complete package. He needs to be more disciplined in his approach, but his physical ability and his instincts give him possibly the best tools of any guard in the west.

While this all sounds a bit too good to be true, it possibly could be. The word on Kellogg is that he could struggle to qualify academically. When we spoke to him, though, he said he had a 2.6 GPA and would take the SAT for the first time in June.

He listed Stanford as his favorite school. When we pointed out to him that he would have to have some considerable academic achievements on his transcripts to be considered by Stanford, he said, "Really? Yeah, well, I'm taking an AP class, and if I do really well on my SAT I think that would be enough. And I'm planning to improve my GPA. I just really like (Stanford's) coach Montgomery."

He said he has also been contacted in some way and has interest in UNLV, Minnesota, Georgia Tech, San Francisco, San Jose State, St. Mary's, Cal, ASU and the rest of the Pac-10, "but not UCLA or USC." San Francisco came by his school to watch him work out during the evaluation period in April. He said San Jose State has offered him a scholarship. "But if I got an offer from Stanford, or probably Georgia Tech, I'd take it."

Kellogg, who said he averaged 25 points and 7 assists a game for McClymonds this year, said he's looking for a place he can fit in. "I want a place that feels like home, where I'm comfortable and I feel really good with the coach. It doesn't have to be close to home, but just somewhere I feel like it's home."

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